How odd

28 Dairy Road, $5.695 million, has expired unsold. That in itself isn’t odd – it’s the largest prefab I’m aware of, and sits down off the road – but I cut my teeth on this house back when it was a spec house in 2002 and I was a humble newspaper columnist, ridiculing the baby Brussel sprout-like plantings and the rented Rolls Royce parked in the driveway during broker open houses. It finally sold in 2004 despite those features, for $5.125 million, and came back up in January of this year but, at least as shown in this picture, both the Brussel sprouts and the Rolls are still here! I understand the plantings, although I wonder at their lack of growth the past decade, but do you suppose the car was tossed in as part of the deal?

UPDATE: Too funny – check out the comments from Paolo Tiramani, the builder of this house. Both appear to be authentic. Here’s art of one:

A little more for your readers. The brief for the home was to evoke every stereotypical mansion element we possibly could, taking cues from Baba the elephants mansion to Disney world etc and it shows, with many more elements that I think you have noticed. The idea was to attract the ostentatious buyer, the original website was even called Greenwich mansion to drive home the point and the project delivered in spades. Our architect even won an award with a prize to the Bahamas which he enjoyed. The buyer indeed owned a factory in Yonkers and rented for 18 months prior to purchase which netted us an additional $500k or so I can’t recall exactly.
Last post as I don’t read your blog but thanks for bringing back memories, fun and most profitable
Best regards
Paolo

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  1. anonymous

    The window salesman made his Marvin quota for the year, that’s for sure. I’ve never seen a house with 24 windows in the front..and 24 in the back. holy curtains batman.

    Stone houses can be so beautiful and warm. This one, perhaps it’s the color of the stone, or the lack of patina, makes the place look like a mental institute. Cold and forboding.

    those taxes too – almost like living in westchester – 41K for two acres?

  2. the entry fountain is really the icing on the cake

  3. Greenwich Gal

    Klassy!

  4. Anonymous

    Why is the car parked on the grass?

  5. Anonymous

    it’s rare, if ever, that i comment on a very expensive place looking like ass. beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, as they say.

    nonetheless, that place looks like ass.

  6. My rant

    This is a dumb-dumb symmetrical design. The windows are crowded in to the left and right, but then you have this stark pediment with one tiny window on the second floor and no windows to either side of the front door below. Time for the crane and lead ball!!

  7. Cuddah ben wrse …brussels are at least not gracefully shielded by brrlap or black polyester…as is new amateur cover ups all over Town….

    • Anonymous

      yeah what the heck’s up with that?

      north street’s even more tightly wound.

      • Flash

        Guilty
        It’s the landscape killing snow plows and the salt spray.
        And an attempt to stop the ebb and flow of ice melt from splitting the bush.
        Damn hard to try to fill in the holes in your hedge every spring.

  8. Cos Cobber

    Strange, but in my 14+ years in town, I have met an unusually high number of people from Yonkers.

  9. Hi Michael
    We’re the original designers and developers of Dairy Road and yes it debut a new factory construction technology we were working in at the time, possibly still the largest factory built home in Greenwich. Our original listing had multiple offered and netted a 39% gross margin if I recall, not too bad. The Bentley (not a Rolls Royce) was owned by me at the time and did not sell with the house it was however in the architectural plans.
    A good reporter does a little discovery, if you had done so you’d realize your using an original picture.. The home has since been upgraded several times.
    Best regards
    Paolo Tiramani
    500 Group

  10. Hi Chrostopher
    Ah the dog indeed ate your homework.
    A little more for your readers. The brief for the home was to evoke every stereotypical mansion element we possibly could, taking cues from Baba the elephants mansion to Disney world etc and it shows, with many more elements that I think you have noticed. The idea was to attract the ostentatious buyer, the original website was even called Greenwich mansion to drive home the point and the project delivered in spades. Our architect even won an award with a prize to the Bahamas which he enjoyed. The buyer indeed owned a factory in Yonkers and rented for 18 months prior to purchase which netted us an additional $500k or so I can’t recall exactly.
    Last post as I don’t read your blog but thanks for bringing back memories, fun and most profitable
    Best regards
    Paolo

  11. anon2

    The thought that this hot mess of windows had an architect, let alone one who won an award, is a stunning admission.

    PS: It should have been built at Disney if that was the image you hoped to evoke.

  12. Anonymous

    That settles it. This house was designed and built by Winnebago.